Sony commits to touchscreen Vaio PCs
Electronics giant to embrace Windows 7 functionality
Sony has unveiled plans to launch a selection of touch-sensitive Vaio PCs, following the impending release of Windows 7.
Mike Abary, Senior Vice President of Sony’s information technology products division, told website Laptop that the Japanese electronics giant sees Windows 7 as a compelling OS, boasting features that it would like to take advantage of.
While limited single-finger navigation has been available on Windows for years, Windows 7 is, according to the Microsoft, the first edition of the OS able to “fully embrace multitouch technology”.
Abary remained tight lipped about exactly which Vaio models will be the first blessed with touch-screen functionality, though the feature would definitely be a welcome introduction onto its Vaio P
netbook "lifestyle PC" and Vaio JS1 all-in-one desktop PC.
The Sony executive promised to introduce some touchscreen Vaio PCs at the launch of Windows 7 – which is scheduled for release on 22 October. ®
Why oh why????
Vaios come with lovely, clear, crisp screens, that will be marred by greasy, dirty finger marks!! I remember using touchscreen ruggidised laptops 8 years ago and they came with big, thick screens and low resolution that still managed to get annoyingly filthy with repeated use... and the touchscreen was only a bit of gimmick as it led to moving your hands off touch typing stance, and my arm got tired, not to mention the control was not fine enough for most tasks. Especially compared to the handy little mousepad under your thumbs!
I can see Sony using this gimmick to add a few £$£$ to the cost of the already expensive machines...